Long Covid has become a new disease in the last few years but in reality it is not really any different to many other post viral conditions according to Chinese medicine. there are a number of post viral conditions such as post Epstein Barr fatigue, glandular fever, Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and a general post viral syndrome.
These patterns have many similar symptoms in common such as fatigue, achy muscles and temperature imbalances which as Jason explains are also present in Long Covid.
With Long Covid, there may also be symptoms of chest tightness and difficulty in breathing, low appetite, loss of taste and blocked ears. These symptoms can last even longer than 6 months in many people and there are no modern medical pharmaceutical options that are effective.
Jason Bei is an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist practicing in Kapiti who comes from a lineage of family members who have practiced for decades. He can be contacted here via his website.
With fatigue being one of the most common symptoms as part of the Long Covid scenario, many patients seek out herbal tonics to help them. Jason Bei explains that this is definitely the most incorrect approach because the fatigue associated with long covid is not coming from deficiency but is due to left over accumulated latent pathogens. In some ways, it can be described as the left over virus being equivalent to some sticky glue left residing in the body.
Listen to how Jason explains how there is a special category of herbal formula in Chinese medicine called harmonizing formula which work on the health by expelling the bug and gently nourishing the body.
Recovery with Long Covid should focus more on rest and gentle exercise as opposed to resuming a vigorous exercise regime as that will only weaken the body more.
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